I am loving this healthified copycat sour cream recipe. It is ridiculously easy and tastes very similar to real sour cream. Although I often use Greek yogurt in place of sour cream, it has a different flavor, more "bite" to it, and isn't always a good substitute. This recipe is a great alternative, and very similar in nutritional value to Greek yogurt.
I got this idea from TV celebrity chef, Rocco DiSpirito. After seeing him demonstrate how to make a quick 2-ingredient healthy sour cream substitute using cottage cheese and lemon juice, I had to give it a try. That truly is all there is to it. Blend those two ingredients until they're smooth, and it's done. Wow.
Use lemon juice or white vinegar. I tried it Rocco's way, and liked it very much. However, it does have a faint hint of lemon flavor. That's not necessarily a bad thing; in fact the lemon flavor can be a nice accent for many foods. But, I wanted to try to make the flavor of this copycat recipe taste more like real sour cream. So, in place of lemon juice I tried combining some white vinegar with cottage cheese. It worked! I couldn't believe how well that combination mimicked the flavor of sour cream. So, you can make this recipe with either lemon juice or white vinegar, depending on your personal preference. I personally prefer the vinegar version for a more authentic taste.
It's better for you. Nutritionally, this sour cream copycat recipe is considerably healthier than regular sour cream. It's very similar to Greek yogurt nutritionally. You can see how they measure up in the table below. The only issue with using cottage cheese is that it is very high in sodium; so I recommend using a low sodium cottage cheese to eliminate that problem. Cottage cheese is low in sugar and high in phosphorus, selenium, vitamin B12, calcium, and protein. (source)
|Nutritional comparison of Sour Cream, Sour Cream/Cottage Cheese Substitute, and Greek Yogurt for 2 tablespoons of whole, full-fat varieties of each|
|Sour Cream||Sour Cream Substitute
(made with cottage cheese)
|Sodium||55mg||115mg (4mg with low sodium cottage cheese)||9mg|
|Weight Watchers PointsPlus||2 pts.||1 pt.||1 pt.|
Here's how to make these easy
Healthy Sour Cream Substitute
Step 1. Assemble these ingredients:
Step 2. Put the cottage cheese, lemon juice or vinegar, in a blender or food processor and blend until it's smooth like sour cream. Depending on your blending appliance, you may need to stop blending periodically, scrape down the sides, stir, and blend some more until it's smooth.
That's all there is to it! Store it in the refrigerator. I've been blending this and keeping it on hand to use whenever I need sour cream.
Any blending appliance should work. I tried three different kinds that I have. (King-Man will see this as evidence that I have too many kitchen gadgets. Hmmmm...he may have a point.) They all blended the cottage cheese eventually, but I did have a favorite.
The result is a healthy sour cream that is likely to fool people who eat it. If you don't tell them it's a hack, I'll bet they won't know. Good stuff.
How to use it. Spoon a dollop on chili, nachos, enchiladas, burritos, or tacos. Use it in recipes that call for sour cream. It's an especially good substitute in sour cream based dips. Guilt free dip--yay!
I like it best on baked potatoes. Tastes like the real thing. Seriously.
Make it a Yummy day!